A key aspect of the way in which we approach medical education at Innotio is remembering that patients are people. This is by no means a novel idea. In fact, it is the title of a book about care for patients with chronic illness written by Minna Field in 1953. Despite the importance of remembering that a patient is much more than the “vessel” for a disease that must be treated, this still may be forgotten during that management of complex acute and chronic medical problems. There is no doubt that medical education must provide physicians and other healthcare professionals with the expertise needed to deliver the best evidence-based medical treatment. However, it is no less important to remember that each patient journey is personal and that how care is delivered, not just what medication is administered, can significantly influence outcomes.
Field M. Patients are People. New York. Columbia University Press. 1953.